Monthly Archives: July 2004

New physician coming to Sparta

Posted on July 30, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Realizing a dream later in life is not easy, but that is just what happened to Dr. Mollie Dodson. Dodson prepared for a career in teaching by attending Tennessee Tech University after graduating from high school. But, her lifelong dream was to become a doctor.
“I always wanted to be a doctor, but my family didn’t have any money when I was growing up,” Dodson said. “I had a hard enough time just putting myself through college, much less medical school. I taught for ten years, and enjoyed it, but soon began to think about the fact that teaching would allow me to go to school … Read More


Mary Lou Stamps Usrey

Posted on July 29, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Lou Stamps Usrey, 87, of Sparta, passed away July 28, 2004.
Usrey was born Dec. 29, 1916, in White County, to Sam Stamps and Jane Rice Stamps.
She had been a homemaker.
Usrey was preceded in death by his parents; and husband, James Alexander Usrey.
Survivors include two daughters, Wilma Simmons and husband Wayne, of Sparta, Nella Phillips and husband Bill, of Portage, Ind.; three grandchildren, Tony and Vicki Phillips DeLeon, Rodney and Shari Simmons Baker, Steve Phillips; and five great grandchildren, Tony DeLeon, Shawn Simmons, Josh Phillips, Nicole Phillips and Hunter Baker.
Services will be 3 p.m., July 30, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial … Read More


Despite battle with cancer Cannon returns for 20th season

Posted on July 27, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Ethel Lee Benton

Posted on July 26, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Ethel Lee Benton, 75, of Sparta, passed away July 20, 2004.
Benton was born April 6, 1929, in White County, to Ralph Allen Benton Sr. and Frances Elizabeth Coppage Benton.
She had been a secretary.
Benton was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy Elizabeth Edwards, of Alexander, Va., Mary Louise Benton, of Long Beach, N.Y.; four brothers, Ralph Allen Benton Jr., of Baltimore, Md., James Benton, of Alexander, Va., Ronnie Benton, of Oxon Hill, Md., W.T. Glenn, of Sparta; and special friend, William Irwin, of Sparta.
Services will be at 2 p.m., July 26, 2004, at Hunter Funeral Home Chapel with burial in … Read More


Project Unlimited Support to begin

Posted on July 23, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
“Many people say they support the 278th, but where is the evidence of that?” asks Bob Lollar, of Edd Rogers Chevrolet Pontiac Buick. “We want to put some elbow grease behind those words.”
Lollar is referring to Project Unlimited Support, sponsored by Middle Tennessee Chevrolet Dealers. The project is an area wide effort to help the families and military members of the third regiment of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard.
“There are families of these soldiers in 10 major areas of Middle Tennessee, with many in White County,” Lollar said, “and we want to make a difference. We want to help … Read More


James M. Lewis

Posted on July 22, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

James M. Lewis, 71, of Gallatin, passed away July 16, 2004.
Lewis was born Sept 30, 1932, in Clifty, to William Kell Lewis and Josie Edmonds Lewis.
He was retired from Textron, Inc. in Nashville and has previously worked as a salesman with Malone and Hyde.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Cleo Copem Zana Anderson; and two brothers, Eston Lewis and Mutt Lewis.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Maxine Wood Lewis, of Gallatin; one daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Robert Hawn, of Gallatin; one son and daughter-in-law, James M. and Kathy Lewis, of Southaven, Miss.; two sisters, Ellen Anderson, of Whitesville, … Read More


Football season just over one month away

Posted on July 20, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Herbert A. Stewart

Posted on July 19, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Herbert A. Stewart, 88, of Sparta, passed away July 16, 2004.
Stewart was born Aug. 24, 1915, in White County, to William Samuel Stewart and Verla Zee Randolph Stewart.
He served in the United States Navy and was a service station operator for 27 years.
Stewart was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Reba Angel Stewart; two sisters, Lois Mildred Morse, Willie Lorene Kulongwski; and four brothers, Haskel Stewart, Luther Stewart, Rueben H. Stewart and Samuel Rhea Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Edith; one daughter, Angelyn Bilbrey and husband Billy, of Cookeville; one grandson, Edward Bilbrey and wife Lisa, of Cookeville.
Services will be at … Read More


Back to work, the dead period’s over

Posted on July 16, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite
Getting it right. The Warrior offensive backfield works on sets during Monday’s first practice after the dead period.


Nellie Barger

Posted on July 15, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Nellie Barger, 76, of Cookeville, passed away July 12, 2004.
Barger was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Bement, Ill., to Winfred Dove and Opal Hill Dove.
She was retired from the Cookeville Shirt Factory.
Barger was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Barger; one grandson, Richard Dow; one sister, Geneva Kessler; and two brothers, Larry Dove and Jerry Dove.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip “Woody Phillips” and Kim Wood, of Sparta, William Thomas “Billy” and Rita Wood, of LaPorte, Ind.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jane Arlene and Roy Bennett, of Cookeville, Leoretta and Robert Sharp, of Woodville, Ala.; five sisters, Winnie Stantz, of Fort … Read More


Baker welcomes Otolaryngologist Bronn Rayne, M.D. to the Sparta Medical Center

Posted on July 13, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Welcome. Dr. Bronn Rayne, M.D., Otolaryngologist, will be seeing patients for ear, nose and throat consultations in the office of Dr. Robert Baker Jr. Rayne has been seeing patients in White County for almost 10 years. Rayne continues to accept new patients for Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Thyroid Goiters/Nodules, Sinus problems, Head and Neck Cancer, Facial moles or skin cancer, or Facial Plastic Surgery, as well as Ears, Nose, and Throat problems. For more information call 1-800-539-7208.


Rosemary Meadows Harris

Posted on July 12, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Rosemary Meadows Harris, 68, of Sparta, passed away July 10, 2004.
Harris was born Oct. 30, 1935, in Jasper, to Dr. John L. Meadows and Marjorie Johnson Meadows.
She had been employed by the White County School System for 31 years.
Harris was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Robert Meadows.
Survivors include her husband, Dee Harris, of Sparta; two sons, Mike Harris and wife Connie, of Sparta, Steve Harris and wife Jennifer, of Murfreesboro; one brother, John Meadows, of Livingston; one sister, Marjorie Sumner and husband Ernest, of Peachtree City, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Rachael, Lee, Michael, Chase, Bryce and Lucas.
Services will be … Read More


Tennessee Monument Company has new owner

Posted on July 9, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Jason Scott, of Sparta, has taken on a new challenge. He is the new owner/operator of Tennessee Monument Company, located at 155 E. Bockman Way in Sparta. The previous owner, Tim Dixon, had inherited the business from his father.
“Tim’s father, James Fowler Dixon, began this company in 1958 in Cookeville,” Scott said. “Tim moved it here in 1986.”
Scott, the son of Jim and Brenda Scott, who operate Thurman Funeral Home in Sparta, has worked at the funeral home, and also at Tennessee Monument Company for several years, which has given him a lot of insight into the business.
“I’d helped Tim for about 13 … Read More


Gary Eugene Bruch Jr.

Posted on July 8, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Gary Eugene Bruch Jr., 38, of Sparta, passed away July 4, 2004.
Bruch was born to Gary Eugene Bruch and Dorothy Brewington Bruch.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Bruch, of Sparta; two sisters, Cindy Ann Maynard and husband Dale, Gwendolyn Brewington, all of Sparta; two nephews, Corey Bruch, Cody Bruch; several aunts and uncles; and special friends, Kenneth Mahan, Anthony Rittenberry, Anthony Elrod, Curtis Young and Bobby clemons.
Services were at 2 p.m., July 7, 2004, at Thurman Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Board Valley. Bro. Harold Robinson officiated.
Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rain biggest foe of 13 year olds in area tourney

Posted on July 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


11 year old All Stars are state tourney bound

Posted on July 7, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


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